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Hollywood’s Most Powerful Women Meet for Gender Disparity Summit, Including Jenji Kohan and Catherine Hardwicke

Hollywood's Most Powerful Women Meet for Gender Disparity Summit, Including Jenji Kohan and Catherine Hardwicke

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Brought together by the Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles, a number of influential industry insiders gathered for a two-day summit to discuss Hollywood’s gender inequalities. The guests at the summit, called “Systematic Change Project: Moving the Needle for Women in Hollywood,” included creative forces like Jenji Kohan, Catherine Hardwicke, Maria Bello and Nina Jacobson

With 44 industry leaders, in addition to writers directors, and producers, the goal of the gathering was to discover tangible steps for improving Hollywood’s gender disparity. The four key strategies that the group agreed to begin implementing areas follows: “Advocate ‘unconscious bias’ training across the industry,” “develop and launch a gender parity stamp,” “sponsor/protege program” and “[train and assign] ambassadors.” 

“With perspective from opening Sundance’s records for four years of landmark research that examines the barriers facing women in film, the time is right to gather industry leadership and start to address these obstacles,” said Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute. “The commitment from participants makes me believe that the industry is ready to explore real, tangible solutions that create more opportunities for women.”

Erik Feig, Co-President of Lionsgate and attendee of the meeting, explained of his participation, “As someone who has professionally and creatively greatly benefited from women as protagonists, directors, producers, writers, fellow executives and audiences, gender parity has always seemed like the most win-win goal for anyone in the entertainment industry, so getting behind this objective was a very easy decision for me.”

Some additional attendees included HBO Films president Len Amato, producer Mike De Luca and “The Walking Dead” executive-producer Glen Mazzara.

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